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Health, politics, and revolution in Cuba since 1898

Author: Katherine Hirschfeld
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2017.
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"Challenging many of the assumptions scholars have made about the Cuban Revolution's impact on healthcare, this volume recounts one anthropologist's quest to discover the truth behind the complicated relationship between Cuba's revolution, politics, and healthcare system. Katherine Hirschfeld became interested in Cuba in the mid-1990s, after reading numerous laudatory books and articles describing the Castro  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Hirschfeld
ISBN: 9781351516105 1351516108 9781351516082 1351516086
OCLC Number: 1067226297
Notes: Originally published 2009 by Transaction Publishers.
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 266 pages)
Contents: Chapter Introduction --
part Part One: The Ethnographic Encounter --
chapter 1 Fieldwork --
chapter 2 Doing Research, Not Doing Research --
chapter 3 Dengue Fever: An Abrupt Change of Perspective --
chapter 4 Fearful Interlude --
part Part Two: History Revisited --
chapter 5 Reframing History --
chapter 6 Imperialism and Health in the Spanish-Cuban-American War, 1897-1902 --
chapter 7 Caudillismo, Imperialism and Health, 1902-1909 --
chapter 8 Caudillismo, Instability and Health Trends in the Platt Era, 1909-1933 --
chapter 9 Health and Disease in the Gangster State, 1934-1959 --
chapter 10 Revolutionaries in Power 1959 --
chapter 11 Conclusions.
Responsibility: Katherine Hirschfeld.

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"Challenging many of the assumptions scholars have made about the Cuban Revolution's impact on healthcare, this volume recounts one anthropologist's quest to discover the truth behind the complicated relationship between Cuba's revolution, politics, and healthcare system. Katherine Hirschfeld became interested in Cuba in the mid-1990s, after reading numerous laudatory books and articles describing the Castro regime's achievements in health and medicine. Cuba's population health indicators seemed to be far superior to those of neighboring countries, the national health costs low, and medical care free at point-of-service to the entire people. Historical records indicated that most of these positive health trends resulted from the changes instituted by Castro in 1959. Few of these authors, however, had actually spent time on the island. Thus, Hirschfeld found that academic writing on Cuba was often long on praise, but short on empirical research about what exactly had changed in Cuban medicine since 1959. After much bureaucratic wrangling, Hirschfeld managed to secure permission to conduct long-term ethnographic research in Cuba, where she lived with families from Havana and Santiago, conducted clinic observations, interviewed doctors and patients, and was treated in a Cuban hospital during an epidemic of dengue fever. The reality of the Cuban healthcare system turned out to be different than the scholarly ideal: it was bureaucratized, authoritarian, and repressive, and most people preferred to seek healthcare in the informal economy rather than endure the material shortages, red tape, and political surveillance of the public sector. Written in the form of a first-person narrative, Health, Politics, and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898 not only critically reevaluates Cuban healthcare after the 1959 revolution; it includes chapters detailing Cuban health trends from the Spanish-American War (1898) through the fall of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and into the"--Provided by publisher.

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